I’m still here

I’ve been tied up with some family issues lately, which is why I didn’t post yesterday. And why I thought I might not get to post today. But things are finally resolved and I can, hopefully, get back to a normal routine.


One thing that was good about the time I spent this morning was I had nothing to do!!! I was waiting in a quiet room with absolutely nothing to occupy my hands – something that would normally drive me absolutely CRAZY!!!! I didn’t have my cell phone, to be able to check e-mail or text someone. Not even a piece of paper and a pencil, so I couldn’t doodle or write notes!!!

Now, why would that be a good thing, you might ask!!!

Well, I’ll tell you.

As I was sitting there, quietly waiting, with nothing to do, a small germ of an idea began to sprout! And you know, of course, that it had to be a quilty idea, right!?!

You see, my quilt group is planning a challenge for next year and I’ve been racking my brain to figure out what I want to do for it. Here’s the challenge:

Quilter’s Challenge 2014
Quilters are challenged to create a quilt in the spirit of our quilting heritage. The quilt is
to be completed, pieced and quilted (or tied!) by our Quilt Show for Autumn Glory 2014.
The following guidelines were offered by the membership at our July 2013 monthly meeting:
*All materials used in making the quilt must be REPURPOSED! Repurposed means no new
quilting fabric is to be purchased or used from your stash. Examples of fabric you can use include feedsacks, table linens,
old clothing, parts of quilts that have been used in the past, old bedspreads, towels, aprons, etc. The exception to
this is you may use new thread and new batting if required! NOTE: Repurposed does not necessarily mean VINTAGE….
although it definitely could be if that suits you!
*Materials may be acquired from items you already have or may be from auctions, thrift stores, etc.
*Embellishments of any/all types are encouraged!
*Size of the quilt is your choice….it is your project and hopefully will be something you will cherish!
*The quilt may be hand or machine pieced and quilted, and may be tied.
*We want you to include a story with your quilt…where you got your materials and their history if you know it (eg.
Mom’s old dress) and what the quilt means to you.
We think this CHALLENGE will be fun and challenging for all of us and thus we have the next 14 months to get this
done! Be creative and have fun!!

I have some old clothing I was thinking about using, but I wasn’t sure how I would incorporate it into a quilt project. But, since I had some free time to let my mind wander, I think I’ve finally figured out what I want to do. Yeah!!!

Okay, I’m just going to tease you with that, because I’m not going to say anymore until I actually get this project underway and, even then, I may not fully reveal what I’m up to!! But I am very happy to have finally decided in what direction to go forward!

Also, before I forget about this AGAIN, our quilt group is raffling off this lovely quilt (quilter not included):


This pattern is Blackford Blue from the book Flip Your Way to Fabulous Quilts by Donna Thomas. She kindly gave us permission to use this pattern for a raffle quilt. I’m hoping you can see the picture if you click on the link. I can’t seem to get it to show up as a photo on my blog. Anyway, contact me if you might be interested in getting raffle tickets. The drawing will be held on October 12 or 13th (I can’t remember the exact date, but definitely that weekend!) We do this raffle to have funds for the quilts that we donate to local charities.


One thought on “I’m still here

  1. The raffle quilt is beautiful! I’ll be sure to get some chances from you especially on Sunday if that works out for us to get together. Hope to stitch with you soon!


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